Title: The Wrong Side of Kai
Author: Estelle Maskame
Publisher: Ink Road
Published: September 19th 2019
Edition: UK Paperback
Genre: YA Contemporary
Vanessa Murphy doesn’t do relationships.
With a father who doesn’t notice her, it’s easy for her to sneak around with her latest fling, Harrison Boyd. But when an explicit video of Vanessa hooking up with Harrison is leaked the morning after she ends things with him, her life is thrown into chaos.
And Vanessa wants payback. Enter Kai. With his own vendetta against Harrison, Kai proposes revenge, and the two pair up to ruin Harrison Boyd’s life. At first, they are nothing more than an illicit partnership. Teammates working towards the same mission.
But – between late-night stakeouts and crime committing – Vanessa is drawn into Kai’s life. And, as the two grow closer, she finds herself letting Kai into hers.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Disclaimer: Received an ARC from the publisher, all opinions are my own.
Thank you to Ink Road for sending me a finished copy of this book to review and for being a part of the blog tour!
When I started reading this book, I wasn’t entirely sure what to think, I wasn’t overly keen on how it started out, but I had to remember it was only the start of the book and the build up to the main plot and the insight to it so I did end up really enjoying the book.
I’ve fallen in love with Kai, his character is so intriguing and mysterious in the first half before he opens up a bit more to our main character Vanessa. Vanessa doesn’t believe in having serious relationships, so she just has flings with guys that she’s interested in. Until one night at a party, she lets Harrison film her, not thinking anything of it until when she breaks it off because she thought Harrison wanted to be more than a casual fling, he leaks the video and ruins her life.
Vanessa is determined to get revenge on Harrison after his betrayal, she thought she could trust him. She teams up with Kai who also has a vendetta against Harrison but he won’t tell her what it is..
I like how this story dealt with more than one issue, aside from the main aspect of the story which is revenge. It also deals with the loss of a parent and dealing with grief and even though one parents is gone, the other is dealing with their own grief that they forgot that they need to parent themselves.
I enjoyed seeing both characters arcs mainly Vanessa’s because some parts where her logic dealing with things wasn’t right but she realised it and learnt from her mistakes and Kai is helping her with this. I liked that the ending was well rounded, didn’t leave any questions and it was a happy ending! It was a fun and fast paced read, easy to binge read as once you really get into it, it’s difficult to put back down.
I definitely recommend if you enjoy Estelle’s books, I’ve only read Dare To Fall and Just Don’t Mention It by her so far but I can’t wait to see what she does next!